What is BitLocker recovery key?
A BitLocker recovery key, aka Microsoft recovery key or Windows recovery key, it is a special key that was automatically generated when setting up BitLocker drive encryption on the specific drive.
What is BitLocker
BitLocker is a full disk encryption feature included with selected editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. It is designed to protect data by providing encryption for the entire volume.
BitLocker recovery key is stored in a .BEK file named like BitLocker Recovery Key 444C8E16-45E7-4F23-96CE-3B3FA04D2189.BEK as below:
BitLocker recovery key format: 419595-387156-44334-315590-197472-399399-320562-361383
BitLocker recovery key is used to unlock your BitLocker encrypted drive when you forget the BitLocker password or BitLocker password is not working.
Where and how to find BitLocker recovery key?
Microsoft’s BitLocker drive encryption always forces you to save a BitLocker recovery key when you set it up. You may have stored it online with a Microsoft account, saved it to a USB drive, saved it to a file or printed that recovery key, etc., so you can find the recovery key in these ways:
Option 1: In your Microsoft account
To retrieve the recovery key that was stored to onedrive, visit the site:https://account.microsoft.com/devices/recoverykey (The previous page is http://windows.microsoft.com/recoverykey), sign in with your Microsoft account and then you will see the recovery key.
Option 3: Find the BitLocker recovery key in a txt file
BitLocker recovery key may be saved as a txt file in your computer. If you have not deleted it, search BitLocker Recovery Key.txt in your computer.
Option 2: Find the BitLocker recovery key in Active Directory
If you are a domain user, the BitLocker recovery key may be saved to Active Directory (AD), contact your administrator to get it.
BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer can locate and view BitLocker recovery key that is stored in Active Directory (AD).
Tutorial to view BitLocker recovery key in Active Directory:
In Active Directory Users and Computers, locate and then click the container in which the computer is located. For example, click the Computers container.
Right-click the computer object, and then click Properties.
In the ComputerName Properties dialog box, click the BitLocker Recovery tab to view the BitLocker recovery keys that are associated with the particular computer.
Option 3: In your Azure Active Directory account
For work PCs where you sign in with an Azure Active Directory account, see the device info for your Microsoft Azure account and get the recovery key.
How to use BitLocker recovery key ID to unlock the drive?
BitLocker recovery key ID is just a BitLocker recovery key identifier, it cannot unlock BitLocker encrypted drive. In this case, you still need to find BitLocker recovery key according to key ID.
How to get BitLocker recovery key with key ID?
If you can find BitLocker recovery key txt file or saved the BitLocker recovery key in your Microsoft account, AD, Azure AD, you can find the correct BitLocker recovery key according to key ID. Otherwise, there is no way to get BitLocker recovery key.